By default, WhatsApp chats are protected with end-to-end encryption, which means only the devices you send and receive messages to will be able to read your texts. But what if you want to go further? Well, soon, you'll be able to make sure nobody can read your messages after a certain period of time.
WhatsApp is currently working on a feature where messages will self-destruct after a set amount of time. The new option, dubbed "Disappearing Messages," was first reported by WABetaInfo. At present, the feature appears designed exclusively for group chats. Based on screenshots from WABetaInfo, you can enable Disappearing Messages in a group's settings, and choose to have messages disappear after five seconds or one hour.
While this feature has no timeline for release, we hope that WhatsApp will also work to implement it in single chats as well, and include additional expiration times. Telegram, for example, offers a variety of expiration times, ranging from one to 15 seconds, 30 seconds, one minute, one hour, one day, or one week. It's unfair to judge a feature this early on in development, so we'll give WhatsApp a chance to step up to Telegram's precedent in this area.